SSAF projects

SSAF revenue is allocated to five (5) program areas that align with UOW strategic priorities, UOW SSAF spending priorities and student priorities.

Additionally, revenue is allocated to regional campuses, reflecting that collected at the campuses and aligned with the strategic program areas.

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Program areas

A whole of institution approach that successfully connects students to career, enterprise and workplace learning strategies, across each of UOW’s faculties and campuses.

  • Provide support services (ie counselling, triage support, Safe and Respectful Communities initiatives);
  • holistic services (ie mental health programs, Indigenous wellbeing support);
  • access to legal advice/advocacy services;and
  • events and initiatives that enhance the student experience, health and wellbeing.

Provide students with programs, workshops and resources that support academic learning.

Provide an environment that enhances the student experience via support of social and co-curricular activities across each of UOW’s on-shore campuses.

Engagement and campus events may include:

  • support for student clubs and societies;
  • elected student representative bodies; and
  • co-curricular activities that enhance experience and employability.

Addressing the growing need for creative, flexible and interactive informal learning spaces for students to study and collaborate.

2021 SSAF funded projects

Enhancing Student Career Readiness and Employability

Final Year Career Ready Program

A year-long program, that will give students the best chance of success in an increasingly uncertain labour market, uses the evidence based UOW Career Development Learning Framework (CDLF) developed and piloted in 2019/2020.

This program of curated material tailored for final year students includes:

  • Embedded content in final year subjects
  • Reflective 'extracted employability' moodle activity for all subjects
  • Co-curricular modules & group coaching
  • Career Accelerate
  • The Future of Work Series
  • Core Skills workshops
  • Careers Expos
  • Jobs off campus program
  • Univative Winter
  • Spring Alumni Mentoring Program

Suite of Career Development Services for ALL UOW Students

The suite of services provides CDL opportunities scaffolded for students dependent upon their level of skills and capabilities. Opportunities include:

UOW Pitch X

Learnings for students about entrepreneurial thinking and tools – specifically the skill of pitching an idea. We are using a format that allows for maximum creativity and an ability for any student to develop confidence in developing presentation skills around any idea. It has proven a very effective method of boosting self-confidence and also the critical thinking skills about what makes for a good idea – or a really bad one – that can still be pitched to be as compelling as possible.

The light-hearted approach has proven to be a very engaging approach to teach these critical job skills and also life skills. This is supported in the feedback from previous programs.

Pitch X also provides an opportunity to learn more about the iAccelerate program that UOW offers to students and getting involved in programs and potentially with start-up companies that are resident in the program and getting inspired to do their own start- up. We have seen students return to startup a company after this experience.

 

Student Support Advisors/Disability liaison, regional campuses

Provide student support advisors at each regional campus location (Bega, Batemans Bay, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands), to provide access to student welfare support and advice on ‘reasonable adjustments’ for students studying with a disability.

Indigenous cultural identity health and wellbeing

Woolyungah Indigenous Centre will provide meals/food vouchers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in need of support.

Accommodation Support (emergency support)

Provide emergency and crisis housing assistance to students in emergency situations who have minimal or no access to accommodation, food or other living provisions (such as travel/Opal Cards). This may be due to unlivable or potentially threatening situations, or following a critical incident. Student are eligible based on set criteria and are issued with general living provisions (eg toiletries) assistance with emergency accommodation.

UniActive Funding

Provides students with discounts to membership to UOW PULSE premier fitness, aquatic and sporting facilities including two health clubs (Wollongong and Innovation Campus), outdoor 50m heated pool and expansive indoor and outdoor sport and recreation facilities.

Safe and Respectful Communities

The Safe and Respectful Communities team is responsible for leading the University’s work to prevent sexual assault and harassment from occurring on our campuses, and for providing coordinated response and support if it does happen.

Student advocacy officer

The Student Advocacy Service (SAS) is a free, confidential and independent service for all UOW students. The SAS provides advocacy and referral for a range of academic, procedural and administrative issues.

Play Free Sport

The Play Free Sport program is an opportunity for UOW students to participate in sporting activities without any upfront costs. The program consists of 2 x 2 hour slots throughout the week whereby students will be able to participate in a range of team sports such as:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Badminton
  • Squash
  • Soccer

Representative Sports Program

UOW PULSE promotes, supports and oversees students involvement in representative sport across the following platforms:

  1. UniSport National intervarsity sport
  2. UOW representative sport clubs in local competition

Program reduces the financial burden on students who represent UOW in the sporting arena.

SWS – Housing Support, Airport Transport & Emergency Accommodation

Program will deliver accommodation related support and services to all UOW SWS and CBD students with the focus on newly arriving international students.

Enhancing Student Health, Welfare and UOWX

Provides services that enhance student welfare and safety. The program will deliver the following services for students:

  1. Support progress against UOW student Mental Health Strategy by addressing: Crisis Management (including Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment); Self-Development; and Prevention Awareness.
  2. Provide student Legal Services
  3. UOWX Program.

Health and Wellbeing Activities

A series of events, activities and workshops delivered by UniLife to help students master the life/study balance. In addition, students have ready access to wellness resources throughout the year.

Student Partnership to Enhance Study Skills*

Program will assist students to develop a foundation that will equip and empower them to make informed decisions and confidently navigate UOW. Underpinned by a student-staff partnership model, this program will provide a range of peer to peer services and program to enhance students’ skills for study. Specifically, this project will:

  1. Develop new digital resources and tool increase student agency to navigate their studies.
  2. Embend a layer of student partnership across all transition, retention and career readiness activities.

MakerSpace

Deliver a students as partners project to take a design thinking approach in accessing and developing digital capabilities for students so they gain better outcomes in their study to better prepare them for the digital workplace.

 

Campus engagement (Innovation Campus and Sydney CBD)

  • Events and activities delivered by UniLife at Innovation Campus, Sydney CBD campuses.

Sessional Calling Campaign*

Sessional calling reaches student in all Faculties and all Australian Campuses, delivering a targeting transition to on boarding and study support, for all students enrolled in on-shore campuses who are commencing studies at UOW.

Regional campuses engagement fund

  • Funding allocated to each of UOW’s regional campuses, to be used for activities that promote engagement. Many of our regional campuses do not have the ability to access coffee shops and are limited to free coffee and tea provisions provided via the communal campus area.

Student association/Student representatives administration assistant

  • Administration support provided to the Wollongong Undergraduate Students Association and Wollongong University Postgraduate Association. The position also provide support for students wishing to access Student Advocacy Service.

Student representation support

  • Provide elected student representatives via the Student Advisory Council (SAC), with ongoing support and advice to assist in facilitating the relationship between student representatives, the student body and the University.

UOW clubs and societies

  • Funding allocated to Faculty clubs and social clubs and societies seeking additional funding for initiatives and or activities.

Southern Sydney campus engagement fund

  • Funding allocated to Southern Sydney campus, to be used for activities that promote engagement.

SAC training and honorarium

  • To ensure the Student Advisory Council (SAC) has the resources available to build a collegial group, a series of training and activities will be designed to facility team building, leadership development, activation and engagement events across each of UOW on-shore campuses. A modest honorarium payment to be provided to elected student representatives.

CBD Events

Delivers campus based events and activities for student enrolled at UOW’s Sydney CBD campus.

Language Cafe

A student led program that provides an opportunity for UOW students to develop their speaking skills in a foreign language, make friends and learn first-hand experience about a foreign culture without having to travel abroad.

SWS – Campus Engagement

Delivers campus based events and activities for students enrolled at UOW’s South Western Sydney – Liverpool campus.

2020 SSAF funded projects

Careers, employability and entrepreneurship

  • Graduate Career Development & Employability (GCDE), ‘hub and spokes’ and ‘cohort focussed’ model, which focuses on practices tailored to the needs of specific student cohorts and is designed to ensure high quality, transformational resources, programs and services.

  • Careers consultants are embedded within faculties to successfully connect students to career, enterprise and workplace learning strategies available across UOW.

Disability liaison, regional campuses

  • Provide student support advisors at each regional campus location (Bega, Batemans Bay, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands), to provide access to student welfare support and advice on ‘reasonable adjustments’ for students studying with a disability.

Indigenous cultural identity health and wellbeing

  • Woolyungah Indigenous Centre will provide meals/food vouchers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in need of support.

Legal clinic

  • The Student Legal Services Clinic provides free confidential legal advice to current students of UOW.

Financial clinic

  • Financial support programs developed to assist students.

Safe and Respectful Communities

  • The Safe and Respectful Communities team is responsible for leading the University’s work to prevent sexual assault and harassment from occurring on our campuses, and for providing coordinated response and support if it does happen.

Mental health programs

  • Links students to support services, access to self-managed courses and free mental health apps to download.

After-hours crisis line

  • Available to all students enrolled at any of UOW’s campuses in Australia. Access to crisis support workers to receive free and confidential assistance from a qualified support worker.

Triage, and sexual assault and sexual harassment support specialist

  • Triage service to assist students in access support services including but not limited to sexual assault and sexual harassment.

Student advocacy officer

  • The Student Advocacy Service (SAS) is a free, confidential and independent service for all UOW students. The SAS provides advocacy and referral for a range of academic, procedural and administrative issues.

Digital learning

Digital literacy is about more than using apps, social media or devices. It’s a framework for understanding the digital and connected world. The program provides self-paced learning resources for student via the Learning Co-op.

Global Communicator Program

  • Provides opportunities to students to develop cross-cultural friendships and become part of a culturally diverse UOW community.

Campus engagement (Innovation Campus, Sydney CBD & UOW South Western Sydney)

  • Events and activities delivered by UniLife at Innovation Campus, Sydney CBD and South Western Sydney campuses.

Faculty-based clubs

  • Funding provided to faculty clubs to deliver events and activities across each of UOW’s faculties.

Postgraduate & mature age orientation

  • Program which includes a calling campaign to commencing postgraduate and mature age students as they transition to university study.

Regional campuses engagement fund

  • Funding allocated to each of UOW’s regional campuses, to be used for activities that promote engagement. Many of our regional campuses do not have the ability to access coffee shops and are limited to free coffee and tea provisions provided via the communal campus area.

UOWx - co-curricular learning opportunities

  • UOWx provides a framework and formal recognition of co-curricular experiences offered by co-curricular activity coordinators across UOW’s onshore campuses.

Health and wellbeing activities

  • A series of events, activities and workshops delivered by UniLife to help students master the life/study balance. In addition, students have ready access to wellness resources throughout the year.

Student association/Student representatives administration assistant

  • Administration support provided to the Wollongong Undergraduate Students Association and Wollongong University Postgraduate Association. The position also provide support for students wishing to access Student Advocacy Service.

Student representation support

  • Provide elected student representatives via the Student Advisory Council (SAC), with ongoing support and advice to assist in facilitating the relationship between student representatives, the student body and the University.

UOW clubs and societies

  • Funding allocated to clubs and societies seeking additional funding for initiatives and or activities.

Southern Sydney campus engagement fund

  • Funding allocated to Southern Sydney campus, to be used for activities that promote engagement.

SAC training and honorarium

  • To ensure the Student Advisory Council (SAC) has the resources available to build a collegial group, a series of training and activities will be designed to facility team building, leadership development, activation and engagement events across each of UOW on-shore campuses. A modest honorarium payment to be provided to elected student representatives.

No projects for 2020.